Literature and Culture

Casa Italiana offers also classes to enrich the knowledge of the Italian culture and literature. 

Each semester there is a new, fascinating course! From Italian movie classics to literary classics, to the study of characters that have made Italy what it is today, Casa Italiana's teachers will show you another side of the "Bel Paese".

GELO by Maurizio De Giovanni

We will read “Gelo”, which is part of the series of books written by Maurizio de Giovanni about “I Bastardi di Pizzofalcone”.  The” commissariato” of Pizzofalcone is where police detectives are sent after getting in trouble on the job.  The office is scheduled for closure but the team of detectives  becomes close and work very well together in order to save the center.  Each character brings his own personality and skills to the squad to help solve the mysteries. Naples is under an exceptional cold snap in this story, hence the title “Gelo”.  There is a murder and, of course, a murderer.  Who did it?  The one we least suspect and consequently the hardest one to find!

Tuition: $ 370 (12 weeks)

Sun. 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM;

Instructor: Liliana Lanzano

Starts:  April 11 – July 11


The book is about a recreation of seventeenth century Sicily, where Donna Eleonora Di Mora is named as Viceroy at her husband death. She brings in many reforms but she is ousted by other councilors because it is 1677 and women were not allowed to do anything. TO BE CHANGED

Tuition: $ 365 (12 weeks)


Tues. 6:30 - 9:00 PM;

Instructor: Marisa Darvish


SCHERZETTO by Domenico Starnone

This book is about art, ambition, aging, marriage that goes beyond the ordinary and predictable.
Only two characters matter, a grandfather and a grandchild. Artist Daniel Mallarico, in his seventies, widowed is asked to travel from Milan to Naples to look after grandson Mario, while the boy’s parents are away at a conference. TO BE CHANGED

Tuition: $ 370 (12 weeks)

Sun. 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM;

Instructor: Marisa Darvish

Starts: April 11 - July 11


Selections from movies will provide the mature students with a rich overview of Italian history and society.  Discussions and role play will serve as a pretext for improving conversation skills and fluency, while analyzing the cultural and social aspects of the Italian lifestyle.  Grammar and syntax will be reviewed as necessary during class discussion. 

Movies: Roma città' aperta, La Dolce Vita, Le fate ignoranti; Lazzaro felice, Tre piani; and the TV show "L'amica Geniale"

Tuition: $ 200

Mon. 6:30- 9:00 PM;

Instructor: Ingrid Nifosi 

Starts: May 23 - July 11

The learning material will be provided by the course’s instructor


The Renaissance has profoundly influenced Western culture e Renaissance is indissolubly associated with Italy and Florence which was its cradle. What better way to broaden your knowledge of Italian language and culture than to dialogue through the centuries with some of the most brilliant artists who have contributed to make the Italian 15th and the 16th century, an extraordinary laboratory of ideas and a great forge of beauty? The activities carried out in the classroom and at home will include listening, reading, discussion and grammar exercises and lexicon.

Tuition: $ 370

Sun. 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Instructor: Laura Vinti

Starts: April 11 – July 11


This course aims to refine listening skills and fluency and to expand vocabulary for students who possess an advanced level of Italian. Through a selection of movies, documentaries, and independent videos, the course will discuss some historical, cultural, social, and linguistic aspects of Italy and its language. The course will adopt a conversational approach, however, grammar and syntax will be reviewed as necessary.


The learning material will be provided by the course’s instructor

Tuition: $ 370

Tues. 6:30 - 9:00 PM

Instructor: Elisa Sartore 

Starts April 13 – June 29

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